Matt Darey

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Good trance has no expiration date, as proven here by this EP by million-selling, though not impossibly popular, U.K. DJ/producer Matt Darey. A teaser for his next full-length, Upfront Trance, the title track was initially released a decade ago. But the rapid-arpeggiated synths and sweeping breakdowns are the sound of trance circa 2005 as much as they were back then. The same can be said for newer cuts "Gamemaster," which celebrates the classic Robert Miles style of piano trance, and both "Liberation 2004" and "Beautiful," which feature vocals by Marcella Woods, the sound of '80s Hi-NRG dance-pop thrust forward into the raving '90s. The only concession to modern diversity comes from "Possessed," which features an electro-voiced breakbeat middle passage (not that it's a particularly new sound, simply a current one). Darey is a trance traditionalist through and through. And he certainly hasn't gone sour.

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